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November 20, 2014

Putting microscopes inside the body

With a single scanning optical fiber, biomedical engineering Professor Xingde Li and his team are creating label-free and processing-free microscopes that go where no others can.

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November 10, 2014

Designing a complete yeast chromosome

Using custom software designed in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, a team of Johns Hopkins researchers has synthesized an entire yeast chromosome.

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October 30, 2014

Rapid progress in virtual heart modeling shows great promise for improved outcomes

Dr. Natalia Trayanova creates computer-generated virtual heart models to simulate individual patients’ hearts in order to help cardiologists carry out life-saving treatments.

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October 23, 2014

The Yin and Yang of calmodulin revealed by a biological signal generator

Researchers in the Calcium Signals Laboratory have discovered a mechanism that governs a cellular dialog between the two forms of calmodulin. This enables new strategies for treating diseases relating to maladaptive bioelectrical and Ca2+ signaling, such as cardiac arrhythmias, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s Disease.

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September 2, 2014

Johns Hopkins researchers discover that an FDA-approved HIV drug may be useful in treating breast cancer metastasis

Use of drugs previously approved for other diseases, such as HIV and rheumatoid arthritis, opens attractive possibilities for treating cancer patients — as repurposed or repositioned drugs promises significant savings in development time and resources.

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August 26, 2014

Error memories enable improved performance and faster learning

A study reveals that the brain controls how much it is willing to learn from the current error based on a previously unknown form of memory: a memory of errors.

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July 31, 2014

Zooming in and out of the mouse brain

The researchers’ new “map” of the mouse auditory cortex could ultimately lead to better ways of treating people with hearing loss.

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July 24, 2014

Database of Pediatric MR Images Aids Diagnosis, Treatment

By building a “cloud database” of MR images collected from children with normal and abnormal brains, researchers aim to give physicians access to a Google-like search system that will improve the way pediatric brain disorders are diagnosed and treated.

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June 19, 2014

All in the family — sodium and calcium ion channels share common roots

Novel treatment strategies for arrhythmias, myotonias, and neurodegeneration provided by an ancient feedback module commonly shared between voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels.

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May 22, 2014

Improving cardiac ablation treatment with virtual heart mapping

Dr. Trayanova and team are exploring whether the patient’s virtual heart could be used to noninvasively determine the optimal ablation targets with a lot more accurately.

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